Zurich

Eran Scaerf

Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann

Eran Schaerf’s work seems slick at first, but its formal basis in the design aesthetic of lifestyle magazines belies a dense network of themes and combinations of media that render it less rapidly consumed than much current art. “Index of Distances,” the title of his recent exhibition, suggests both the plural nature of the world we live in and an artistic attempt to measure and comprehend the gaps between different spheres. Fashion shoots jostle with sepia photographs of city streets, media reports lapse into fictive accounts, and rules concerning a competition for urban planning in Berlin are juxtaposed with a drawing from Art Spiegelman’s Maus and a ’60s lighting advertisement. The work denies us a definitive frame of reference—either visually or conceptually—leaving us suspended in the spaces between signifiers. Ultimately it is about the search for meaning itself, and Schaerf’s talent

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